Fresh Salsa

We made salsa today with our own homegrown tomatoes and jalapenos. The kids helped me peel the tomatoes, made easier by blanching them first (the tomatoes, not the kids). Tonight we’ll enjoy our salsa on beef fajitas — which I’ve already begun to cook, and as I write this I can hear the sizzling from my cast iron skillet.

If you’ve kept up with my blog you may have noticed that I’ve been dwelling on some serious subjects, like whether our nation has been warned. To be honest, I began to feel a bit down. I found myself in the company of David, who cried “Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me?” I began to have a small understanding of how Daniel must have felt after a terrifying vision. “Then I, Daniel, was exhausted and sick for days…” (Daniel 8:27A).

I know now that God wanted me to think and write about those things, but He does not want me to dwell on them. In culinary terms, it’s time to peel back those dark thoughts and make some fresh salsa.

“…then I got up again and carried on the king’s business; but I was astounded at the vision.” Daniel 8:27B

9 thoughts on “Fresh Salsa

  1. When the Lord is the Judge, He is still 100% love. He’s able to handle both sides…so we need to learn how to do it, too. Somehow, there’s a ways for us to be sober and full of joy at the same time.

    I, too, struggle with this.

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  2. It always helps to encourage yourself in the Lord. Our immediate environment should give us joy. Unfortunately, we have to detach ourselves sometimes from so many things that draw us down. In other words, we take a short look at the problem and a lonngg look at the Lord.

    His grace is sufficient. After I write my posts. Strong and direct as they are… I have to remind myself that “it is well”.

    Blessings and love to you and yours.

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  3. Larry, to me this is like being free of sin. We can’t ever really be sin-less, but we should strive toward that goal (rather than the alternative!). And we can’t ever be perfectly loving and just, all at the same time — but in Christ we can try.
    This may be selfish of me but I’m glad to hear that you struggle with this also!

    lawyermommy, your posts are indeed strong and direct! Sometimes I think it’s better to look square at the problem and not avoid it. Truth (with a capital ‘T’) includes reality, right? I like how you said, then take a long look at the Lord. He’s our center.

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  4. yes! I always enjoy your posts!

    I like to think of it like basketball… you need to know where all your teammates and opponents are, but first and foremost, you need to keep your eye on the ball. It takes all these components to play the game… as it does with visions, calls and ministries.

    Having reflected on this a lot lately, it is a big plate we carry… and what an honor it is that God knows we are up to the challenges! : )

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  5. Thanks Cindy. How easy it can be to get our eyes off the “ball”, but I’m so grateful for the Holy Spirit and the body of believers (our team) to keep drawing me back.

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  6. I find that when I focus on the worlds problems they really depress me. I don’t let myself get into facts I can’t relate to anymore. Local democracy, school board elections? Being nice to homeless people? This I can do. Genocide in Rwanda? Not so much. Conveniently, every one I can vote for in major elections has the same stance on foreign policy: SCREW THE WORLD MAJOR U.S. BUSINESSES COME FIRST! so it doesn’t really matter who I vote for in the big ones. A self described prophet I once met said “Be the change you want to see.” And thats mostly what I do now.

    Though I am attempting to write a constitution.

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  7. Truthwalker,
    A constitution. Could you elaborate? I’ll be pondering all weekend…

    The whole world is definitely way too much to think about, unless we find a way to focus without losing joy. Two weeks ago at the gym (of all places!) I felt like praying for the G8 conference, which was then in session. So I did, and it was almost like an out of body experience. I know God was there because I managed to stay on the treadmill the whole time, though 10 minutes went by and I didn’t even know it. My new favorite way to work out.

    Love that quote: “be the change you want to see.”

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  8. LOL… I once prayed on the treadmill and tripped! terrible burns and bruises!! for the clutzy runner and ‘way too engaged’ pray-er, I highly discourage this practice!!! : )

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  9. Yeah, I’m trying to write a constitution. I think a lot of the problems the US has are systemic and I am trying to make a new system. Not persay because the one we have is bad, but to see if the problems are fixable. I’ve been working on it for years. It makes me unbearable to talk to about legal issues because people will say “There should be a law about that!” And I will say, well country X has a law like that, it didn’t cure the problem and had unexpected side effect a,b,c.” Many the problems we have ARE NOT fixable, and some are only fixable paying a high price in freedom (Post soviet Russia has higher crime then Soviet Russia, for instance.)

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